Jim Thornton qualifies to seek re-election as Mayor of LaGrange

Jim Thornton qualified today to seek re-election as Mayor of LaGrange in the November 7th municipal election.

In taking this official step for re-election, Mayor Thornton said, “We have witnessed dramatic improvement in LaGrange over the past few years, and the city is definitely moving in the right direction. The next four years have even greater potential for progress, growth, and positive change. This is our time as a city to shine.”

Dunham’s Sports opens new LaGrange location

Dunham’s Sports celebrated its new LaGrange Mall location with a ribbon cutting at the new location.

The store had been open in LaGrange for several days, but the ribbon cutting was an opportunity for everyone to really appreciate the teamwork between local officials, the mall owners and Dunham’s that made the grand opening possible.

“This is a great day for Dunham’s, and it is also a great day for the city of LaGrange,” Mayor Jim Thornton said.

Students dress up for success

On Tuesday, the LaGrange City Council heard an update on Empowerment Wednesday, a locally run program that hopes to empower students by helping them dress up one day a week.

Empowerment Wednesday began with a small group of students at Whitesville Road Elementary School in 2016, asking them simply to dress up and wear a tie one day a week.

‘It sews together the community’

Hundreds of citizens walked, jogged and ran down the model mile of the Thread on Saturday morning, celebrating the trail’s completion with a fun run.

On Saturday, the Thread trail and the greenspace on Haralson St. were filled with close to a thousand community members for the ribbon cutting and celebration of the completion of the first 1.3 miles of the Thread trail — otherwise known as the model mile. The area where the ceremony took place has undergone drastic improvements in recent years, and officials expressed their excitement over the beautiful public space that it has become.

LaGrange mayor appointed to state board

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Mayor Jim Thornton to serve in Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in an announcement on Friday.

Thornton was among 24 appointees to a variety of state boards announced by the governor’s office on Friday. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council serves as the epicenter of criminal justice policies, research and information in the state. The agency plans and administers tens of millions of dollars in federal criminal justice and victim services grants and administers programs providing direct services to victims of crime.

Meeting with the Mayor

On Tuesday night, LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton and other local officials gathered together to discuss changes coming to the area and local issues, including concerns regarding what is on its way in the way of local business.

Georgia city police chief, mayor apologize for 1940 lynching

In an emotional ceremony, the mayor and the police chief of a west Georgia city have apologized for the lynching of a black man more than 75 years ago.

LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar said the killing of Austin Callaway, who was taken from the city jail by a band of armed white men in 1940, should never have happened.